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Frederick R. Batt
April 25, 1948 ~ April 24, 2022 (age 73) 73 Years Old
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Frederick R. Batt, age 73 of Defiance, passed away early Sunday morning, April 24, 2022 at Mercy Hospital of Defiance.
He was born on April 25, 1948 to Alphonse and Helen (Justinger) Batt in Defiance, Ohio. Fred proudly served our country in the U.S. Army Military Police from January 4, 1967 to September 7, 1968 during the Vietnam War.
Fred was a faithful member of .St. John's Catholic Church, AmVets #1991, Defiance Eagles #372, and was a life member of VFW #3360. He served the City of Defiance as a Police Officer from January 7, 1969 to April 8, 1980. He then pursued a career as a bulk fuel route driver for Sohio, BP, then owned and operated Batt Petroleum, delivering to area farmers. Every year Fred attended a Vietnam Veteran reunion in Kokomo, Indiana. He loved golfing, hunting, and being outdoors. Fred had many good friends and colleagues and will be greatly missed.
Fred is survived by his brother, Eugene (Marge) Batt of Defiance, three sisters, Patricia Walter of Defiance, Kathleen Boyd of Broken Arrow, OK, and Mary (Stan) Fitzenrider-Cox of Defiance, stepdaughter Melanie (John) Finlay of South Bend, IN, stepson Chris Duquette of Seattle, WA, and many nieces, nephews and step-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Carolyn Leonard, and eight brothers; Paul, Victor, Jerome, James, Ronald, Dennis, Harold and Thomas Batt.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, April 27, 2022 from 2:00 to 8:00 pm at Schaffer Funeral Home South, Lawsom/Roessner Chapel (1753 S. Clinton St.) in Defiance. A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Thursday, April 28, 2022 at 11:00 am at St. John's Catholic Church,with Fr. John Stites officiating. Burial will follow the service at Riverside Cemetery with graveside military honors conducted by VFW #3360.
Memorials are suggested to Riley Children's Hospital or St. Jude Children's Hospital.